Pollution

Capturing Carbon Emissions in Cement?
January 28, 2009 09:40 AM - WorldWatch Institute

The versatile construction ingredient has been commonplace since the Roman Empire, but production has boomed in recent decades, rising nearly 400 percent since 1970. Global cement output may reach 5 billion metric tons by 2030, driven mainly by growth in the top two producing countries, China and India, according to a December WWF report. In much of the world, replacing traditional wooden or earthen structures with concrete - the hardened mix of the cement powder, aggregate, and water - is a sign of wealth and prosperity. But cement manufacture is among the most energy-consuming and polluting industrial processes.

Britain's big polluters accused of abusing EU's carbon trading scheme
January 28, 2009 09:38 AM - The Guardian

Britain's biggest polluting companies are abusing a European emissions trading scheme (ETS) designed to tackle global warming by cashing in their carbon credits in order to bolster ailing balance sheets. The sell-off has helped trigger a collapse in the price of carbon, making it cheaper to burn high-carbon fossil fuels and leading to a fall in the number of clean energy projects. The moves were seized on byenvironmentalists and other critics who have previously criticised theEuropean Union's ETS for delivering more windfall profits for business than climate change.

California scores vindication, environmental win
January 28, 2009 09:07 AM - AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California was handed a big environmental victory when President Barack Obama endorsed a key part of the state's greenhouse gas reduction plan. He also gave a public boost to the Golden State, offering a clear sign that liberal-leaning California can expect a friendly relationship with his administration after eight years of clashes with former President George W. Bush. "California has shown bold and bipartisan leadership through its effort to forge 21st century standards, and over a dozen states have followed its lead," Obama said Monday.

Emissions Cut Won’t Bring Quick Relief, Scientists Say
January 27, 2009 08:41 AM - NY Times

Many people who worry about global warming hope that once emissions of heat-trapping gases decline, the problems they cause will quickly begin to abate.

Kenya to change environment policy on carbon trading
January 26, 2009 12:03 PM - Reuters

NAIROBI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Kenya plans to review its environmental strategy to allow companies to trade carbon credits, its environment secretary said on Monday. Such schemes have been around for a number of years in other parts of the world, but the east African nation's current environmental strategy from 1999 does not take into account the challenges posed by climate change.

Biomass-burning 'behind Asian brown clouds'
January 26, 2009 11:06 AM - SciDev.Net

[NEW DELHI] Burning biomass is the main cause of the dense 'brown clouds' that plague South Asia each winter, and both biomass and fossil fuel burning should be targeted to combat climate change and improve air quality. These are the conclusions of a study published today (23 January) in Science. The study, conducted at two sites in South Asia, attempted to find the main source of the carbon soot particles that comprise much of the clouds.

Pitching Reusable Packing - Is the RPA Missing the Point?
January 23, 2009 07:56 AM - Triple Pundit

Obama-mania is sweeping the nation and concern for the environment, seeping into our collective conscience, is increasingly less likely to be perceived as the hobbyhorse of the liberal elite. As this surge of enthusiasm converges with recession it presents an opportunity for savvy marketing. The reusable packaging industry, as represented by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), is doing just that. RPA Board Chairman Bob Klimko claims, “The time is ripe for businesses to embrace the concept of reuse and to realize its potential to help them reach their sustainability objectives while strengthening their own companies through cost savings and improved efficiencies.”

EU wants "zero-waste, zero-emission" goal for ships
January 22, 2009 08:56 AM - wbcsd.org/

ENDS Europe Daily, 21 January 2009 - The European commission has issued a plan to increase the competitiveness of the EU maritime sector and improve its environmental performance by 2018. The plan is also intended to meet objectives in other sectors such as energy and road transport. The commission calls for an ambitious long-term "zero-waste, zero-emission" goal for the maritime sector. It reaffirmed its intention to table draft legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships if world governments failed to agree global reductions this year.

UN aviation agency presses global emissions trading plan
January 19, 2009 09:06 AM - Gulf News

Tokyo: The UN's aviation agency is pressing on with developing the framework for a global emissions trading scheme despite a growing number of regional and national schemes, a top official for the group said on Friday. Emissions from international aviation fall outside reduction commitments of the Kyoto Protocol but will be part of a new and broader UN climate pact that about 190 nations will try to agree at the end of the year.

Time Running Out for Steep Emissions Cuts
January 19, 2009 08:46 AM - Worldwatch Institute

Washington, D.C.-The world will have to reduce emissions more drastically than has been widely predicted, essentially ending the emission of carbon dioxide by 2050 to avoid catastrophic disruption to the world's climate, according to State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, released today by the Worldwatch Institute. Yet opportunities abound in renewable energy and efficiency improvements, agriculture and forestry, and the resilience of societies for slowing and managing climate change, according to the book's 47 authors.

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